BRYANT, Ark. (KTHV) - Five Saline County teens were all involved in a car wreck early Wednesday morning, and on Thanksgiving eve, hundreds of supporters came out to remember the one teen that died in the crash.
There was an outpouring of support at the Benton High School football field. Students, teachers, some family members and more all came together to remember the life of Senior Drew Melton, and THV 11 News had a chance to interview her best friend.
Prayers and candlelight filled the Benton High School Football stadium the night before Thanksgiving to remember the life of 17-year old Drew Melton.
"Drew's been my best friend since I was eight years old, as long as I can remember. We had planed the rest of our lives together," Sydnee Golman said.
Golman joined the hundreds of supporters in a prayer circle Wednesday night. Early that morning, Melton died in a single car accident along Northlake Road in Bryant. Police said she was a passenger in a car with four other teens who survived the crash.
"Drew could warm up any room with her huge smile, she never took herself too seriously, she was always the first person to laugh at her mistakes and you could always laugh right along with her," Golman said.
Melton was also known as a star on the softball field for Benton High School.
"She was always our golden glove. She somehow managed to stop everything that came her way," Golman said.
Melton was a good athlete and person that clearly left a mark on the community she left behind.
"The kids in Saline County can put aside their Benton, Bryant and Bauxite rivalries to support a family after they lose a child is more comforting to that family than I think anyone will ever understand," Golman said.
We also talked off-camera with one of Melton's former teachers. She said Melton wanted to become a kindergarten teacher down the road.
As for the four other teenagers in the wreck, Bryant Police Sgt. Todd Crowson said they are expected to recover. Police are still investigating what caused the accident.
Sgt. Crowson said the accident happened around 1 a.m. on North Lake Road near Springhill Elementary School.
Crowson said it was a single vehicle accident involving five teens, aged 16 and 17 years old. Their car went off the road and hit a tree. All five were ejected from the car. He does not know the extent of their injuries.